I loved this book! I was looking for something long and worth my money. This was definitely it. While lengthy (4o hours!), it was definitely enthralling and quickly addictive. I enjoyed the narrator and author so much that I quickly sought out additional books by them. Be wary, while the reader is excellent in other books, the author's other books just don't compare. This is truly his best and most comprehensive work.
Long but worth it; the mix of truth and fiction and the blurred parts that you hope aren't true made it compelling despite the length. I usually only listen while I work out in the morning but found myself listening in the car and looking for long rides to take.
What a fantastic trip through a historically based story. Broad yet deep, the story presents great inter-relationships between characters and story, leaving one wondering what really went on behind the scene in so many world events. Will definitely look into more of his books and, as always, absolutely love Scott Brick as a narrator. He's a master altering his voice and accent to keep up with numerous characters.
Despite my hour long commute this book kept me in my car a little bit longer on the way to and from work each day. It combines a bit of historical fiction, with suspense, adventure, romance, and of course cloak and dagger. I'm sure the above reviews make this redundant, but enjoy a great ride (all 40 hours of it!).
Once past the brief story question opening, I found myself thinking: BORINGGGGGG!!!!, and there is still 39 hours and 40 minutes to go!! Well, I hate listening to the news, its so depressing, and silence tends to make me fall asleep thereby greatly impacting my ability to stay in the correct lane of traffic, so I decided to persevere and, by and by, I got hooked. I would tend to attribute a portion of this to the excellent narration of Scott Brick who brought the characters completely alive. Except for a number of technical and/or historical inaccuracies and oversights and despite the fact that Mr. Littell tends to paint the CIA with the brush of sainthood, something anyone with a smidgen of historical knowledge knows to be far from the truth, this was, overall, an engaging story with engaging characters. Was it worth 40 plus hours of commute time? You bet!
I thought this was going to be great and it was not. I like FBI/CIA type books and I found this one to be un-interesting. The story is hard to follow and the narrator is very monotone. I did not finish more than a 1/3 of it.
If you are in the market for a spine-tingling novel and have more than 40 hours of driving ahead of you, LISTEN TO THIS BOOK! The mix of fiction and history is superbly done. The narroration is top notch. The plot is not only exciting, but certianly plauseable as well! Stick it out and listen to this book. OH, and did I mention...LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!
Wow... all 40 hours of this held my attention and I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks... so I listened to it again and enjoyed it even more the second time!
The Company is a book which epitomizes the machinations of the Cold War. The
composite of characters brings the reader to the heart and thinking behind the actions of its major protagonists - both left and right. If one of the causes of the Great War was "secrect alliances, secretly agreed to," it would appear that bad intelligence decisions were secretly conceived without common sense. A gripping tale.